"We all agree that our nation has the obligation to secure its borders and establish criteria for who is permitted to enter and how long they are permitted to stay. In a post-9/11 world, we all agree there are people both inside and outside our borders who want to hurt us. We share a common concern for our nation’s security and the safety of our loved ones. But our approach to all these issues must be consistent with our ideals. America has always been different — some would say exceptional. Welcoming immigrants and sheltering refugees has always been something special and essential about who we are — as a nation and as a people."
Ask Your US Representatives to Support The Bridge Act Today
On January 12th Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S.128. Known as HR 496 on the House side, this bipartisan bill is an effort to sustain the temporary relief from deportation and employment eligibility offered to youth through the Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Under the BRIDGE Act, young people who came to the United States as children would be able to maintain their eligibility to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation and family separation so long as they meet certain requirements, such as showing a commitment to education or honorable service in our military and having no history of serious crime.
There have been more than 750,000 young people who have received and benefitted from DACA. These youth entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes and communities. As Catholics, we have long supported DACA youth and their families as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children.
Ask your Senators and Representative to support and co-sponsor the BRIDGE ACT.
Resources for Parishes:
Practical tips for families encountering immigration enforcement including emergency planning.
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is offering free consultations for anyone affected by executive orders every Friday of the month at 9am.
9am Fridays February 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th
1530 James M Wood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Call 213-251-3505 for more information
Join a Parish Team
The Office of Life, Justice & Peace (OLJP) works with parishes and schools to educate and advocate for immigrant rights, encounters with immigration enforcement, and develop family preparation plans.
Parish Teams Immigration Workshops Schedule
USCCB President & VP Statement on Immigration
Declaración por el presidente y vice presidente del USCCB en inmigración
Text of Executive Order: Border Wall
USCCB Statement on Sanctuary Cities
Text of Executive Order: Sanctuary Cities
Text of Executive Order: Refugees